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The Gift Of Loving Who You Are

As you are…

Listen child, I’m embarrassed to say

That I tried to conform

Tried not to be gay-

I took jobs out of fear

From doubting my power-

Watching the clock move

From hour to hour-

I held pain in my gut

From hatred of self

Feeling unworthy

Of love or true wealth-

Yet I lived to see different

To embrace all of me

And see the great gift

In learning to be-

It took me some years

So I’m telling you now

Your life is a gift

And so make a vow…

To love who you are

The beauty within

To find your true calling

Then dare to begin-

I know it is scary

But you’re up to the task

To let the world see you

To take off your mask-

Please know you’re supported

We want you to thrive

To inspire the world

By coming alive-

And when you need help

Tune into your heart

Call up a friend

Create works of art-

And know you’re supported

From near and from far

For you are Divine

And loved as you are

Jen Reich

Jennifer (Jen) Reich PhD, MA, RN, NC-BC is a poet, storyteller and nurse.

Jen is a board certified nurse coach and adjunct clinical assistant professor at The University of Arizona College of Nursing.  Jen received her PhD in Nursing from The University of Arizona in 2011.

Jen’s passion is exploring healing through poetry & story. Her dissertation topic explores the role of story in the healing and wellbeing of professional registered nurses. She is published in several journals and book chapters and is the author of three books of poetry. She blogs daily at

Jen believes that poetry and the creative arts are transformative tools for healing. She aspires to help others use their creative potential to create positive change at the local and global level.

For more information, please visit Poetry Not Poverty
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